Karl May

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Birthday
25, 1842
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Mar 30, 1912 (70)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
25, 1842
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Mar 30, 1912 (70)

About

A German-born writer, he is known for his adventure novels set in the Old American West and featuring the characters of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. He also published several novels with Asian, Middle Eastern, South American, and European settings.

Before Fame

As a result of his acts of juvenile delinquency, he was confined to a workhouse for several years. After completing his sentence, he worked as an editor in a publishing house.

Trivia

He waited until late in his life to visit the exotic places featured in his literary works.

Family Life

He was one of fourteen children born to poor German weavers. He married Emma Pollmer in 1880.

Associated With

He and James Bruce are both known for their travel writing.